Pula Arena travel guide

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Introduction to Pula Arena

Pula Arena is a renowned Roman amphitheatre situated in Pula, Croatia. If you're ready to be spellbound and see for yourself why 57,714 people have rated this incredible sight an impressive rating of 5 out of 5 stars, this travel guide to Pula Arena is for you.

A visit to Pula Arena is an essential part of any trip to Pula, Croatia.

Don't miss the opportunity to include a visit to Pula Arena on your travel itinerary. Keep reading to learn more about how to visit this top attraction in Pula, Croatia.

History of Pula Arena

The Pula Arena is an iconic symbol of Pula, renowned for its historical significance and architectural grandeur. This amphitheater, one of the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world, dates back to the 1st century AD.

Constructed during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, the Pula Arena once hosted gladiatorial combats and could accommodate approximately 20,000 spectators. The building showcases the Roman Empire's architectural prowess with its elliptical shape, and perfectly preserved walls and arches.

In the Middle Ages, the arena was used for knight tournaments and fairs. During the Renaissance, it faced threats of stone pilfering for local building projects. Thankfully, in 1583, an order from the Venetian Senate saved it from destruction.

Today, the Pula Arena serves as a popular tourist attraction and a venue for concerts, film festivals, and reenactments of gladiator fights, continuing to resonate with the vibrant energy of its glorious past.

Located in Pula, Croatia

Located in Pula, the iconic Pula Arena is easy to find and can be explored during a short weekend escape in the beautiful city of Pula or as a stop on your countrywide road trip in Croatia.

Pula is a perfect holiday destination for those who crave a mix of history, culture, and modern amenities. With its distinct architecture, famous museums, and delicious culinary scene, Pula offers something for everyone.

Take a stroll through the charming streets and alleys to discover hidden gems and enjoy the local atmosphere. Visit the iconic landmarks and immerse yourself in the city's rich history and culture at top attractions, including the remarkable Temple of Augustus, Forum Square, Pula Citadel, Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria, and Verudela Canyon.

Whether you're looking to indulge in shopping or explore the nightlife, Pula has it all. Don't forget to sample the delicious cuisine, from traditional dishes to modern fusion.

Experience the best of both worlds in Pula - a place where the past meets the present, and you'll create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Click the travel guides below to learn more and get ready to make unforgettable memories in Croatia!

How to get to Pula Arena

Pula Arena is located in Pula, Croatia, and is easily accessible by several modes of transportation. If you are arriving by plane, Pula Airport is approximately 3.8 miles (6.11 km) away from Pula. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a shuttle to the city, where Pula Arena is located.

If you’re already in Pula, you can take a bus, taxi or even walk to the Roman amphitheatre. The exact address of the attraction is Flavijevska ul. , 52100, Pula, Croatia, Croatia.

You can also rent a car and drive to Pula Arena. With a rental car you will enjoy freedom to explore Pula Arena and other top attractions in Pula at your own pace.

With your travel plans in place and these guidelines in mind, you're all set for an unforgettable experience at Pula Arena!

Pula Arena tours & tickets

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No visit to Pula is complete without a trip to Pula Arena, one of the most iconic attractions in Croatia drawing large crowds of visitors every year. To make the most out of your visit at this unique Roman amphitheatre, consider booking a tour in advance to avoid the lines and guarantee a seamless experience.

Find the best and most popular tours and tickets to Pula Arena starting from 11.54 EUR below.

Top tours & tickets to Pula Arena

Ensure a hassle-free experience at Pula Arena by booking a guided tour. The most recommended tour is this Pula Highlights Bike Adventure, which starts from 59 EUR.

Rated an average of 5 out of 5 stars by 195 travelers, this tour is one of the most popular Activities in the city. This activity fills up quickly, so make sure to reserve your slot in advance.

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Best time to visit Pula Arena

The best time to explore Pula Arena in Croatia is during the late spring and early autumn months, particularly May, June, September, and October. These months offer pleasant weather, with temperatures typically ranging from 20°C to 28°C, perfect for outdoor explorations. Additionally, these periods see fewer crowds than the peak summer months, allowing for a more relaxed experience. A standout event to consider is the annual Pula Film Festival held in July, where films are showcased inside the Arena itself, offering a unique cultural twist to your visit. Another notable event is the Opera Season in August, which transforms the Arena into a grand open-air theatre. However, these events attract a larger number of tourists, so if you plan to attend, book your tickets and accommodation well in advance. Regardless of when you choose to visit, experiencing Pula Arena under a clear blue sky or starlit night is a spectacle in itself.

Pula Arena travel plans

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Discover the enchanting beauty of Pula and top attractions like Pula Arena with a perfectly planned holiday package. Our travel packages include everything you need to explore Pula Arena and beyond. Whether you're looking for an adventure-filled getaway or a relaxing retreat, our holiday packages to Pula, Croatia, offer a variety of activities and experiences to suit all types of travelers.

Continue reading to find the best travel plans and tips for discovering this one-of-a-kind Roman amphitheatre in Croatia.

Top Pula Arena travel plans

The easiest way to plan a holiday including a visit to Pula Arena is to book a holiday package.

Choose from vacations ranging from relaxing weekend getaways to exciting city breaks in Pula, or embark on an adventurous road trip across multiple regions in Croatia.

One of the most popular vacation packages among travelers visiting Croatia is the 7-Day Relaxed Croatia Road Trip from Pula to Rijeka. This all-in-one vacation includes adventure-packed days with visits to famous sites in Pula, like Pula Arena, and plenty of other bucket-list attractions in Croatia, including the famous Forum Square, Pula Arena, Šijana/Siana Forest, Verudela Canyon, and Temple of Augustus.

If you can extend your stay in Croatia for a few more days, you’re in for a treat. Experience the best week and a half of your life with the 10-Day Croatia Road Trip from Split to Zadar, Rijeka, Pula, and Ogulin. Your itinerary will be filled with visits to top attractions like Golden Gate, Mestrovic Gallery, Park Šuma Marjan, Diocletian's Palace, and Diocletian's Cellars, in addition to recommendations of the best activities to join along your route. You’ll return home with a camera gallery full of memories from your iconic road trip across Croatia.

Enjoy the convenience of having all accommodations, transportation, and activities taken care of before you arrive in Croatia. All you need to do is pack your bags and prepare for an unforgettable holiday in Pula. Discover the best package holidays to Croatia below.


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Car rental near Pula Arena

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Discovering Croatia's captivating landscapes and the iconic Pula Arena becomes a breeze with a rental car. Upon arrival, international travelers can choose from 9 reputable rental car companies near Pula Airport and the city of Pula, making transportation seamless and efficient.

Croatia's rental car companies cater to a variety of preferences, offering vehicles ranging from compact and midsize to premium, estate, and even camper vans or convertibles. To select the perfect ride, consider your itinerary and specific travel plans in Pula and beyond.

For budget-conscious travelers, addCar currently boasts the most affordable rates, starting at just 9.81 EUR per day or 68.66 EUR per week. Conveniently located at Valtursko Polje 210, 52100 in Pula, this rental option ensures you can explore Croatia's wonders without breaking the bank.

Where to stay near Pula Arena

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Wake up well-rested to a new day of exploring in Pula by staying at a top-rated hotel in the heart of the city. With the city's most famous attractions like the stunning Pula Arena just a stone's throw away, you'll be in the perfect location to effortlessly immerse yourself in Pula.

Discover the best hotels for visiting Pula Arena below.

Top hotels near Pula Arena

Make the most of your time in Pula by staying close to Pula Arena. Pula is home to top-rated hotels and places to stay for every budget, within a comfortable distance from Pula Arena.

This hotel has earned a remarkable 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1546 guests. A stay at Hotel Park Plaza Arena Pula starts at approximately 100 EUR per night.

With an outstanding 4 out of 5 stars from 2107 satisfied guests, this hotel is one of the best-rated stays near Pula Arena. One night at this hotel costs from 93 EUR per night.

With an impressive average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews, this remarkable hotel promises an unforgettable stay with rates starting at 526 EUR per night.

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Other top attractions in Pula

Pula offers a diverse range of top attractions. From museums and architectural wonders to sculptures and natural wonders, the city has something for everyone. For the ultimate sightseeing tour around Pula, there are a number of attractions every itinerary should include, namely Temple of Augustus, Forum Square, and Pula Citadel.

Temple of Augustus is a bucket-list archaeological site and top attraction in Pula, attracting numerous travelers and locals every year. As evident by its average rating of 4 out of 5 stars in 9,656 reviews, this attraction is a popular place to visit for anyone with time to spend in the city. The exact address of Temple of Augustus is Forum b. B, 52100, Pula, Croatia.

Another appreciated attraction in Pula is Forum Square. This is just like Temple of Augustus, one of the most popular sites to visit in the city. With an impressive average rating of 5 out of 5 stars among 5,697 visitors, it’s also one of the highest rated. The exact address of this establishment is Forum 3, 52100, Pula, Croatia.

Pula Citadel is also a clear favorite among travelers seeking to experience the uniqueness of Pula. This establishment and top attraction in Pula has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,405 visitors. Visitors usually spend a moment at Pula Citadel creating core memories of the city. This attraction is located at the address of Gradinski uspon 10, 52100, Pula, Croatia.

Check out our full list of top attractions in the city of Pula below.

Map of attractions in Pula

Your next adventure is waiting for you in city of Pula. Explore the map to discover all the incredible attractions you’ll visit on your vacation of a lifetime in Croatia.

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